Friday, July 08, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 7/8/16
“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.”  (Brad Montague)  Do you want to make someone feel good?  OK!  First, put your I-phone away.  Be ready to concentrate on what’s being said.  Use the person’s name in the conversation.  Give a genuine compliment.  Ask them to give an opinion about something.  Touch as you leave.  The Stones sang, “Everybody needs somebody.”  Try to make somebody feel like a somebody today.    ;-)  Jack

FROM LBP IN PLYMOUTH:  I like this. Sometimes it's good to break it down into the basics. A good cheat sheet for those of us who are sometimes a bit socially awkward. But of course ... and Per rule 1... One I have to mentally file.====JACK:  The song, Everybody Needs Somebody, was used in the movie, The Blues Brothers.  Now, there's a movie you should see.  At least pull up the YouTube of the song.  While you're at it, also look at James Brown leading the church service in the movie.

FROM EDUCATOR PAUL:  Such good things to do! I will concentrate on these more!====JACK:  Building self esteem is an important task for all grades.  I haven't forgotten the teachers who made me feel good.

FROM TARMART REV:  Well, Jack, all on my I-Phone, I've listened to your "winning words" as I read them to myself, enjoyed with interest your time and investment in preparing your blog and I'm curious if you are still enjoying your weekday discipline of producing these? I'd have you place your hand on your computer screen or your I-Phone as a point of contact, but really haven't got into such a thing as that!? Always appreciated--====JACK:  In fact, I do have a prayer each day for the "words" and for the people who receive them.  No laying on of hands, though.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  On my 80th birthday, my kids compiled a professionally bound tribute book of "love letters" and pictures, from all the children, spouses, & grandkids...It was sort of like attending your own funeral, to read all the accolades, :-).  A comment from my ex-daughter-in-law in her letter, made me feel good: "You always make everyone feel important and special!" I'm sure that is not always true, but seeing today's quote made me recall how good that made ME feel!  As Oprah says, "Be somebody's rainbow on a cloudy day". Good WW to remember, as always. You do a great job of making us think, and inspiring us!====JACK:  Speaking of attending your own funeral....
When Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato was shot and killed in Puerto Rico, his family chose to honor him in a different way.  The 26-year-old, who suffered 15 gunshot wounds, was embalmed to look like he was still alive at his funeral.  Beato frequently wore a black cap and smoked cigars, which is exactly how the funeral home made him look.  “Some people say that it doesn’t look good” his sister told BuzzFeed News. “They prefer something more traditional. But if that’s something that the family wants, why wouldn’t you do it?”  His family wanted to remember him when he was alive, so they appeared to bring him back to life at his own funeral. The dead body was embalmed to appear alive, seated upright in a chair at a funeral parlor.  She added that her mother was very emotional prior to the funeral, but calmed down once she saw her son, sitting up in a chair from her home.  The embalmer kept Beato’s eyes open as a surprise for his loved ones.  His mother had always kept the plastic on that chair and had never let him sit in it.  (I wonder if the plastic was still on the chair?)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A small group of us at our church are wrestling with the identities of "pastor" and "layperson" because we have the ministry at the Fountains Assisted Living on Saturdays and it isn't practical to have our Pastor there every Saturday, due to her family responsibilitites too. Anyway, it occurs to me that your WW this morning could also apply to the goals of a good sermon and worship. When people walk out of the church, they need to carry with them something that was said that has something of the authenticity of a message wherein they feel "heard by God" and also an authentic compliment of who they are and their place in the whole scheme of things, things beyond the "law and all the things that are wrong with them or actually all of us". It's kind of a challenge to try to become more aware of what law and Gospel are and then further trying to be all together in a community where both law and Gospel are actually being understood and benefitting the community. Seems like we are back in pioneer days, when there simply weren't enough trained pastors to do the whole job in all those isolated places and so lay people, seeing the need, have to step up to the plate--and also per your WW this morning, also do the job with people we meet the whole week long.
S.H. in MI